Inovations in green building & remodeling have significantly shifted the way we live. Homes built today are 100% more energy-efficient than homes built just a few decades ago. Durable roof coverings, insulated windows, increased insulation, and high-efficiency heating, cooling, and water heating equipment are just a few of the areas in which green practices have made a noticeable difference. There are many long-term effects of green home improvements such as saving money, cutting energy-usage, and helping to protect the environment. More and more local governments are updating outdated zoning and subdivision codes to reflect these demands and changes for a more sustainable development.